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Hidden miracles of the natural world – Louie Schwartzberg – TED video

Louie Schwartzberg: Hidden miracles of the natural world

Published on Apr 9, 2014 - We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes.

At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

Many things have already disappeared in our lifetime… here are others:

Ten Things That Will Disappear In Our Lifetime

This article is  USA oriented, but Canada & the rest will not be  far behind.   Whether these changes are good or bad depends in part on how we adapt to them.  But, ready or not, here they come.

1. The Post Office
Get ready to imagine a world without the post office. They are so deeply in financial trouble that there is probably no way to sustain it long term. Email, Fed Ex, and UPS have just about wiped out the minimum revenue needed to keep the post office alive. Most of your mail every day is junk mail and bills.

2. The Check 
Britain is already laying the groundwork to do away with check by 2018.  It costs the financial system billions of dollars a year to process checks.  Plastic cards and online transactions will lead to the eventual demise of the check.  This plays right into the death of the post office.  If you never paid your bills by mail and never received them by mail, the post office would absolutely go out of business.   Continue reading

Guyana’s young people are largely forgotten

Young people are largely forgotten

JULY 8, 2014 | BY  | EDITORIAL

Half of Guyana’s population (about 50.9 per cent) is below the age of 24. And more than one-third (about 36.9 per cent) is between 25 and 54 years of age. The government, however, persists in the non-implementation of a coherent national policy to cater to the needs of this large number of young Guyanese.

Young people are the nation’s future but they face monumental challenges. The spate of suicides among adolescents, the rising number of teenage pregnancies, the large number of school dropouts, the unavailability of new job opportunities, the reports of their being victims of police brutality and torture, the huge prison population (of which youth are said to comprise 75 per cent) and the predicament of juveniles in the New Opportunity Corps are all signs of a dangerous and deteriorating social situation. Continue reading

Tribute to Mr Cecil Carl Cunha, M.S. – by Maj. Gen. (Retd) Joseph G. Singh, MSS

Tribute to Mr Cecil Carl Cunha, M.S. (1914-06-25 – 2014-06-20)

By Major General (retd) Joseph G Singh, MSS  …on Thursday, 2014-06-26,

at the St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church

Cecil Cunha at 99

Hon Prime Minister, Leader of the Opposition, Your Worship the Mayor, Lynette, Heuvel, other relatives and friends of the deceased, I thank Lynette and her family for inviting me to deliver this short Tribute to a Dear Friend, whom I have known for over forty years.

Born on June 25, 1914, Cecil Carl Cunha, M.S. transitioned last Friday, five days before his 100th birthday. Exactly 10 years ago (June 2004), I published a book titled: The Mataruki Trail, which is a record of the work of the Boundary Commission that established the Tri-Junction Point at the head of the east Kutari River, which the joint survey team of the British, Brazilians and Dutch in 1937, verified through detailed on the ground surveys, was the source of the Corentyne River – the border with Suriname. Continue reading

Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

Space Station Commander Provides Tour of Orbital Laboratory

THIS IS AMAZING— Some have no idea as to what the Space Station interior looks like. This is very impressive.  Something worthwhile watching.

Published on Nov 19, 2012 - In her final days as Commander of the International Space Station, Sunita Williams of NASA recorded an extensive tour of the orbital laboratory and downlinked the video on Nov. 18, 2012.  Continue reading

Australia pioneers renewable power – video

Australia pioneers renewable power – video

Published on Apr 12, 2014 - Engineers on a small Australian island are claiming to have perfected renewable energy supply for sustained periods. At times, all of King island is powered by renewable energy, meeting the needs of its 2,000 inhabitants. Despite using diesel, it is hoped it will make renewable energy a viable option for other small communities around the world. ….Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from King island, Australia.

Half-century milestone for IBM mainframes

Half-century milestone for IBM mainframes

IBM S360 mainframeMainframes were the workhorses of business for many years
The IBM mainframe is celebrating its 50th anniversary.  The first System 360 mainframe was unveiled on 7 April 1964 and its arrival marked a break with all general purpose computers that came before.

The machines made it possible to upgrade the processors but still keep using the same code and peripherals from earlier models. Later this year the British rival to IBM’s machine, the ICL 1900, also celebrates its 50th anniversary. Despite their age, mainframes are still in wide use now, said Barry Heptonstall, a spokesman for IBM.  “I don’t think people realise how often during the day they interact with a mainframe,” he said.  Continue reading

Five Signs Solar Power is Taking Over the World – video

Five Signs Solar Power is Taking Over the World

solar panelsThis post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Burning fossil fuels (coal, natural gas and oil) is putting 32 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide annually into the atmosphere. Since CO2 is a greenhouse gas that traps heat from the sun on earth and prevents it radiating back out to space, this unprecedented human output is causing climate disruption, a process that will accelerate over the next few decades and will prove extremely costly to human society (if the latter can even survive).

The only energy source that has a hope of fixing this problem and of resolving the coming energy crisis is solar.  The cost of solar panels is falling rapidly, raising the hope that we can put in enough panels quickly enough to avoid the very worst scenario of carbon-induced climate disruption.  (I put in 16 Enphase microinverter panels at my place this winter and they generated 120 kilowatt hours in the past week; my house and electric car averaged 150 kilowatt hours usage per week last month; and that is in Michigan at the tail end of winter).

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Buckminster Fuller’s Geodesic Dome home is now a museum

Buckminster Fuller’s Revolutionary Geodesic Dome Home to be Transformed into a Museum

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Buckminster Fulle Dome Restoration

  By Christina Sarich

“Everything you’ve learned in school as “obvious” becomes less and less obvious as you begin to study the universe. For example, there are no solids in the universe. There’s not even a suggestion of a solid. There are no absolute continuums. There are no surfaces. There are no straight lines.” ― Buckminster Fuller

It was the world’s first geodesic dome, imagined and made real by one of the most revolutionary minds of our time. The home was built in the 1960s and was inhabited by the designer and his wife before his passing, but it is still an inspiring monument to a philosopher and architect like no other, R. Buckminster Fuller. Fortunately, it will be made into a museum, free to the public in April of this year, due to a recent investment by inspired individuals.

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Concerns about Hydro projects in the Mazaruni District

LETTER AND INFO FROM ANNE HAREWOOD:
Hi Cyril,

You might have seen the press coming out of Guyana today that the government is going ahead, with the help of Brazil. with a US$45M study for the development of hydro power in the Upper and Middle Mazaruni Regions in Essequibo.
e.g. see Alva Solomon’s story in Demerara Waves:

US$45M to study Mazaruni hydropower potential

The government officials went to a few Amerindian settlements over the last week and told them that two schemes will be developed – one in the Upper Mazaruni and another in the Middle Mazaruni, and that their villages and land will not be flooded as the new technology reduces the size of reservoirs by 90%. Apparently they feel that that was enough ‘consultation’ necessary to satisfy international requirements of ‘free, prior and informed consent’.

There are very few reports available in the public domain. Survival International had done some research around the Amaila Falls Hydro and had looked at all information gleaned about possible Mazaruni Potaro hydro that may affect the Akawaio, Patamona and Arecuna people.

http://assets.survivalinternational.org/documents/1113/book-fpic-oct-2.pdf  (see FOREWORD and PDF link to this report below)

I don’t know if there are any lawyers, environmentalists or hydro-power engineers in the Diaspora who may want to weigh in and give the residents and all citizens of Guyana some advice.

Regards,

 Anne Harewood

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